★What is it like to visit a Nazi concentration camp? ( Reblogged from Quora)

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Rich Faber, Marketing manager at a large manufacturing company. 56 years old three kids, married 24 years. 
 
At Auschwitz I was walking down the gravel road towards the Crematoria 1 gas chamber when a man from the UK came up to me with tears in his eyes asked if I would take some acorns with me.  Puzzled, I said ok. When I got to the crematorium I saw oak trees that victims waited under for their turn in the gas chambers. http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Au…  Everywhere you dig your heel in grass you find white ash from the chimneys. I realized that the calcium, sodium and potassium even some carbon of the victims remained in the ashes and those ashes had been taken up by the oak trees for nourishment. Some tiny portion of the victims resided in the acorns. I thought if I could get some acorns out of the camp I would have liberated some of the elements of the victims all these years later. I gathered some up and put them in my pocket. I am not going to say here whether  those acorns made it to the US. I will say that there is a beautiful oak tree in my front yard. I smile at it every day on the way to work. I will occasionally inspect its leaves and even softly talk to it. Later I read victims made tea from the acorns or ate them raw. One said if there had been any grass we would have eaten it, too.
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
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I am still crying 40 minutes after you reading your posting ,Rich. I will ask my daughter Kim to bring me an acorn. I too want an acorn tree in Zion. 
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A LETTER TO MY DAUGHTER KIM BEFORE SHE EMBARKS ON THE MARCH OF THE LIVINGEdit

 

 
 

 

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A LETTER TO MY DAUGHTER KIM BEFORE SHE EMBARKS ON THE MARCH OF THE LIVING

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A Letter to My Daughter Kim before she embarks on the March of The Living…

Dearest Kim,

The March of the Living is an extraordinary, unforgettable experience.  With thousands  of Jewish people, from countries all around the world, you will share in a once in a lifetime experience when they march three kilometers from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration camp complex built by the Nazis during World War II. The March commemorates Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. You with be there – along with over 8,000 participants who will be part of this historic event.

As one of the Marchers, you will retrace the steps of the March of Death, the actual route which countless numbers of our people were forced to take on their way to the gas chambers at Birkenau. You will experience Jewish history where it was made. This time, however, there will be a difference. It will be a March of the Living with thousands of Jewish youth, like yourself, marching shoulder to shoulder. You will take part in a memorial service at one of the gas chambers/crematoria, in Birkenau, which will close with the singing of Hatikvah, reaffirming Am Yisrael Chai – The Jewish People Live.

Kaddish is a Jewish Prayer to Remember the Dead and normally said by Men. In the absence of a Male Member of the Family ( there are only your brother Jonathan and I left) when you place the Three Jerusalem Stones with the Names of Three Branches of your Family that were Murdered in the Holocaust  say Kaddish out Loud . Say Kaddish for the Drues of Kraków and your Great Aunt Hadasaeah that died in Belzec extermination camp   and all the other  Drues cousins of Kraków that died in Belzec,Treblinska and Auschwitz .Over 280 Drues s of Kraków  relations died. There are no known survivors.. Say Kaddish  for the Drues of Majzugola near Vilna who died in the  Vaivara and Auschwitz Camp if they were not murdered first in the Forest of Paneriai   .There are no known survivors . Say Kaddish for the Shabelshok/Fialkov Families of Riga  who were murdered between 30th November and 8th December  in the Rumbula Forest near Riga with  25,000 thousand other Jews from Latvia. Say Kaddish for the sisters and brothers of your Great Grandmother Freda Shabelstok Baker who died in the Forrest of Rumbula . Say Kaddish for Sarah , Robert, Michael, David , Gregor , Rachel , Lazer, Leah and Fredrich , Freda and Rosa Shabelstok’s older sisters and brothers and all their children and even grandchildren  Not one survived. Over 350 members of the Shabelstok / Fialkov Families died in the misty Forest of Rumbula with  other Latvian Jews mainly from Riga and surrounding areas. Say Kaddish for all the Shabelstok/Fialkov/Drues cousins and relations …there must have  been hundreds and hundreds, , if not thousands and thousands, in the extended Shabelstok / Fialkov families .Four Shabeltok Siblings married four Fialkov Siblings. None are no  known survivors.

Say Kaddish in Tears and then Scream … “We Survived and Are Here Now Again -Never Ever Again” , אנחנו שרדנו ואנחנו כאן עכשיו – לעולם לא עוד יהיה שם שואה חוזרת

Those that Survived The Holocaust but did not experience it first hand:-

Shabelskok: Freda and her younger Rosa . Freda was in Uitenhague ,South Africa married to Chaim Baker  and Rosa, her younger sister  in Norway taken there by the Danish Resistance with most of the Danish Jews.They were the youngest of 11 siblings . All the siblings were married with kids .all the siblings and their families were murdered in the Forest of Rumbuka

Fialkov: Twin Brothers Manny ( Mordechai) and Jay ( Josef) in Cape Town,South Africa . They were the youngest of 10 siblings . None of their siblings or their families survived the Holocaust..

Drues: Samuel  ( your great grandfather) and Naomi in Cape Town, South Africa and William in Chicago, USA survived the Holocaust.. The children of Hadaseah who died in Belzec, joined Shomer Hazair,immigrated to Israel in 1932 and survived in Israel . They were Freda and Hashya who married the Kurman Brothers , Max , who was wounded twice in Palmach operations and Chaim who was a teacher for 43 years before retiring.

Mourn and then Celebrate the Shabelstok/ Fialkov / Drues Survival when you March from Birkenau to Auschwitz… you are their Symbol of Survival .

 

  

 

 

Love You To Bits

xxx

Dad

On the Origin of our surname 

Stephen Darori ( Drori) 

Before I Hebrewized my surname on the 6th September 1986 I was Stephen Ellis Drus…the son of Fay Baker Drus and Morrie Drus  z’l

Fay Baker Drus was the daughter of Freda Shabelstol Baker and Hymie ( Chaim Baker) one of the 3 founders of Betar in South Africa in 1931 and Jabotinskyt stayed at him when he visited the Eastern Cape, South Africa in the same year.

Morrie ( Morris ) Drus is the son of Samuel Drues and Sarah Kaplan Drues. . They were married in Poland and then in 1921 immigrated to Cape Town , South Africa. Drues became Drus.

 

The logic of the Hebrewaization of Drus ro Darori. Drus דרוס pronounced Darus is the Gerund of “Ledareis”.לדרס..” to be trodden on to be run over”…. could not live with that when I came on Aliyah from Cape town, South Africa and a letter change דרוס -> דרור which became דרורי the Biblical word for a Sparrow. Cage a Sparrow and it will die wrote Acad Ha’am so Eliezer Ben Yehuda, the reviver of the Hebrew Language  in his New  Hebrew dictionary gave Drori a new metaphorical meaning  of “Freedom and Liberty”. The “a’ was added for Branding Purposes . Darori ( Drori) is very approproiate… Kim , your great Aunt Professor Ethel Drus led the committee of 12 ( 9 Jews and Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo and Z.K. Mathews ) who drafted the Freedom Charter , the most important document of the African National Congress. Both your Grandparents and I were very active in the Progressive Party of Helen Susman and Harry Oppenheimer which has evolved into the Democratic Alliance, the Liberal Opposition to the ANC, 

References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumbula_massacre

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auschwitz_concentration_camp

http://www.jewishgen.org/forgottencamps/camps/auschwitzeng.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treblinka_extermination_camp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belzec_extermination_camp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vilna_Ghetto#Liquidation

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaddish

27 Anti-Israel Moments that Should Make You Want to Support Our Homeland

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1. Protesters outside the Israeli Embassy in London

2. Protesters in London’s Trafalgar Square

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http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/12/reader-crowdsourcing-project-to-fight-american-studies-assoc-anti-israel-boycott/

3. Anti-Semitic demonstration in Copenhagen’s main square

(Watch the Nazi salute at 0:41 one of the protesters says in Danish at 1:10, “We want to kill all the Jews, all the Jews should be slain, they have no right to exist!“, among many other offensive statements in Arabic and Danish.) Via http://www.zombietime.com/zomblog/?m=200901

4. Global demonstrations in support of Palestine and a free Jerusalem in Jordan Valley

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http://www.vosizneias.com/103886/2012/03/30/beirut-in-photos-neturai-karta-t/

5. Brainwashing children to hate Jews, San Francisco

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http://www.zombietime.com/zomblog/?m=200901

6. Anti-Israel activity on US college campuses

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http://blog.adl.org/international/adl-report-on-campus-anti-israel-activity-in-2011-12

7. Anti-Israel sentiment on the streets of America

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http://www.barenakedislam.com

8. Muslim students in the US promoting Islamic propaganda, United States

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http://www.barenakedislam.com/2010/02/26/campus-jihad-a-jew-hating-intifada-is-in-full-swing-at-u-s-colleges-and-universities/

9. Anti-Israel demonstration in Malaysia

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http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2012/08/sa-newspaper-chooses-anti-semitic.html#.Us2-Wix8OP9

10. Jobbik Party Protest against ‘Israeli Conquerors’ in Hungary

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http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/jobbik-world-jewish-congress-budapest-hungary-464620

11. Hezbollah rally in London

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http://iaindale.blogspot.com/2006/07/george-galloway-supports-hezbollah.html

12. Star of David carved Into Iraqi’s back during attack in St. Louis

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http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2011/09/28/iraqi-poet-in-st-louis-allegedly-has-star-of-david-carved-into-his-back/

13. Anti-Israel protesters in Barcelona

Barcelona

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-grouped-with-iran-north-korea-as-world-s-least-popular-countries-1.347636

14. Anti-Israel protesters in Indonesia

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http://hizbut-tahrir.or.id/2009/03/22/kehancuran-negara-bani-israel-makin-dekat-2/

15. Black Gangs Target Jews In ‘Knockout Game’ Hate Crimes in NY

16. Let’s talk history..

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http://forum.nationstates.net/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=136636&p=6984094

17. Israel could face a second Holocaust

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http://www.newsrealblog.com/2010/10/07/potentially-israel-faces-a-second-holocaust/

18. Brandeis University rally, Boston

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http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=20394&only

19. Toronto Palestinian Leader to Israelis: Leave (Israel) or You will be Shot

http://www.tlvfaces.com/toronto-palestinian-leader-to-israelis-leave-or-you-will-be-shot-video/

20. “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant.” – Council on American Islamic Relations 

Dominate

http://seanrobsville.blogspot.com/2009/12/what-buddhists-and-pagans-need-to-know.html

21. California campuses in Irvine and Santa Cruz cleared in U.S. probes of anti-Semitism

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http://articles.latimes.com/2013/aug/28/local/la-me-ln-uc-jewish-20130828

22. UNWatch: Hot mic catches UN interpreter saying Anti-Israel votes are ‘a bit much’

23. Islamic Jihad’s kindergarten graduation: Where are the cake and cookies?

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http://www.tlvfaces.com/islamic-jihads-kindergarten-graduation-wheres-the-cake-and-cookies/

24. A ‘Global March to Jerusalem’ rally

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http://cifwatch.com/2012/04/01/brainwashing-children-to-hate-israel-the-palestine-solidarity-campaign-way/

25. Children Intifada: European children singing for freedom in Palestine

26. Norway’s Annual Israel Hate Day

Norway

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/norways-annual-israel-hate-day/

27. Taxi in Amsterdam

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Tel Aviv Beach Like You’ve Never Seen Before… You’ve got 15 Seconds to Hide!

14 COMMENTS

  1. אוריאל

    January 8, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    This is scary. What cant the Israel supports do something? How can we do nothing?

  2. Ilana

    January 8, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Very sad to see this and am not sure if there is a way to stop it. might got too far

  3. שרון תא

    January 8, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Just wondering what the Israeli government have to say about it

  4. Ari N

    January 8, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    תעירו אותי כשממשלת ישראל תתעורר

  5. froyerush

    January 9, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    the nations are now conspiring to legitimize what the Nazi did, i.e. dehumanize the Jews in order to annihilate them..by turning the Nazi label onto the Jews and Israel, these nations above are almost completing the task of dehumanizing and preparing for genocide of the Jews. Europe and USA are in the mix of this de-civilization..what an indictment to the whole humanity..people all over the world, use your God-given thinking faculties..study history yourself thoroughly , and look into why you’re joining this highly emotive hate-bandwagon instead of letting yourself be brainwashed by the descendants of the real Nazi.. ideology..

  6. Hachem

    January 9, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    All this people can go like tourists in beaches or in Hotel’s Clubs to swim with Arabic.

    • kåre rolland

      January 9, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      the demon(stants) must be shamed, they have no historical connection to judea samaria or Jerusalem,they bild a fals story and liars cause they cant prove where they belong,go back to Jordan and other arabisk country and ceep your mouth shut, they cant belive a word of what they are telling the world, that cause you cant prove thing.no documentasion just false history.

  7. SHAWNDA DUPREE

    January 9, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    UMMM, I do not get it…Israel is bad why?? All the photos and videos I have just seen is hate coming from the opposite side…where are these “HATEFUL ISRAELIS”????

  8. Uzi Abrahams

    January 10, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Our main problem is the silent of the western world who don’t understand that kind of problem ! It’s about time to wake up !
    Arabe Muslim lies about Israel continue to fly around the world, instead of supporting Israel , the western world boycote Israel and became so anti Israel !
    What Israel has contributed to the world until now, the Muslim Arab world didn’t.

    Think about it !

    Let’s fight for the truth and not for that Arab world lies !

    Israel will exist and for ever in that mad region we call, the Middle East !

    The Palestinian can go back to them countries they came from to that region.
    We means the Arab Muslim countries.

  9. Luke

    January 17, 2014 at 11:30 am

    It’s like Nazi Germany all over again. The left propagating hatred and lies about Israel. G_D bless Israel and long may Israel shine.

  10. Pat

    January 18, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    We,as Christians, are commanded to pray for the peace of Israel. Our Lord Jesus was born in Israel by a virgin Jewish mother, Mary. God is always in control. He made the world and everything in it. Jesus will return to Israel,not as a sacrifice for our sins, but as our Leader and Commander and easily destroy all of satan’s armies. I Love Israel and it’s people because God picked this tiny nation to fulfill all His promises of the Messiah, Jesus. God Bless Israel, amen

  11. CMav

    January 22, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    “Some minds are like soup in a poor restaurant—better left unstirred.”
    ― P.G. Wodehouse

    It’s unlikely that any of the idiots shown above can even find Israel on a map. Frankly, it’s a pleasant reminder that, while anti-Semitism is still flourishing like never before in Jew-hating Europe, its practitioners still possess the intelligence of a dust mite. And the ONLY known antidote is ISRAEL. Am Yisrael CHAI!!

  12. Sharon Klaff

    January 22, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Yes, the Israeli government needs to act. We in the diaspora have bben on the streets trying to combat this, but it’s really huge. At last Naftali is saying a little something, but this is WWlll with Islam using terror with expert PR campaigning. Israel needs to up its PR – get a prestigious agency and start sending us who go on the streets pamphlets and posters, flags and messages. It needs to have ambassadors doing the universities and schools, government offices and churches its time to tell it as it is. Diplomacy time has run out.

  13. Raynav

    January 23, 2014 at 11:28 am

    We are all from this planet. All people (creed, race, etc.) are entitled to a land because we are all born here. Its not like one race or creed came later on from outer space. Scientists say our ancestors came from Africa, multiplied and branched out from there. Stop the hatred and fighting..

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Bennett: Peace talks lead to Palestinian violence against Israelis

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Economy minister and Habayit Hayehudi leader says in INSS speech that history will not forgive Israeli leaders who cede any land, all Israelis under future Palestinian rule will be murdered

 

   

 

 

 

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett lashed out on Tuesday at Israel’s ongoing peace talks with the Palestinians, warning that negotiations inevitably lead to violence against Israelis.

 

 

“Between 2000 and 2003 more than one thousand Israelis were murdered on the streets of Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in suicide attacks that followed immediately after Camp David, when (then) Prime Minister Ehud Barak wanted to give them more than anyone else had before,” Bennett told the audience at the annual defense conference of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS).

 

“2012 was the quietest year since there were no political negotiations,” he said. “No one died that year in any attacks in Jerusalem or Judea and Samaria. As usual we can say, since the peace talks began, an intifada came about.”

 

 

Bennett at INSS conference, Tuesday (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
Bennett at INSS conference, Tuesday (Photo: Motti Kimchi)

 

 

Bennett passionately dismissed the chances of achieving true peace with a two-state solution. Referring to recent statements made by

 

both sides in regards to having Israeli citizens living under a possible Palestinian rule, he said: “You know why Israelis can’t live under Palestinians? Because they’ll be killed. How do I know this? Because it has already happened. One day, one morning, our neighbors woke up and killed us.”

 

 

“If an Arab citizen walked into Herzliya, he would walk out safe and sound, as he should; if an Israeli walked in to Ramallah he’d be murdered. Everyone here knows it. So why can’t it be that the Palestinians would rule Israelis? Because they’ll kill them.”

 

 

The minister also warned that a Palestinian state would not welcome the millions of refugees dotted around the Arab world, and would instead direct them to Israel.

 

“A Palestinian state will overflow the State of Israel with refugees. Millions of Palestinian refugees – you think their brothers in Nablus will want to share their land with them? You think? They’ll send them straight to Israel!” he said.

 

He also had harsh words for anyone willing to cede land as part of a peace deal.

 

“The western area of Israel is not just a territory; it is the Land of Israel,” Bennett said, referring to the West Bank. “It was ours 4,000 years ago and it will continue to be ours for the next 4,000.

 

“We must live the legacy of our people, the history of our people and the root of our lives. We need to understand this is our rare opportunity to be the gatekeepers of the Jewish legacy, the keepers of Jerusalem. Our descendants will not forgive an Israeli leader who would split our country and give away our capital.”

 

Bennett, who a short time earlier had returned from a day-long trip to Poland for a Holocaust memorial ceremony at Auschwitz, also raised the question of why the Nazi death camp had not been bombed by the Allies during World War II.

 

Tel Aviv Celebrates its Annual Water Party (Video)

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Today in Tel Aviv, thousands of people gathered in Rabin Square for the city’s 9th annual Water Party.

The event, which started at 15:15 pm, is known for bringing together people in an attempt to beat the oppressive heat, which topped 30 degrees Celsius for today’s event.

Participants came from all over Israel in their beach clothes, carrying water guns and buckets. Below are a few moments captured from today’s Water Party!

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Photos: jerusalemonline.com

2 COMMENTS

  1. Batya Rl

    July 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Wow… amazing!!! Good for TLV

  2. אייל קרביץ

    July 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    בהחלט אין על תל אביב, עיר מדהימה

Jerusalem Opens New Urban Park in Time for Tu Bishvat

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Across from the busy Pat Junction, a nature reserve and park is being developed. Meet the young volunteers who planted trees.
Tree planting for Tu Bishvat

Tree planting for Tu Bishvat

Across from the busy gas station at the corner of the Pat Intersection just before it turns into Begin Highway is a large patch of undeveloped land called Emek Hatzva’im, or Gazelle Valley. This month, work began to turn the area, also referred to as Pri-Har Valley, into a park with a soccer court and open space for the small herd of native gazelles to graze. A tough fight in the Jerusalem Municipality resulted in plans for new commercial area to be cancelled.

On Tuesday, a group of volunteers planted trees in anticipation of the holiday of Tu Bishvat, the Jewish New Year for the Trees which began Wednesday evening and will last until sunset Thursday.

Rotem Palti, a young national service volunteer from the north of Israel spoke to Arutz Sheva’s Israel National Radio about the land and his work.

Gazelle Valley Interview

To hear the interview in streaming audio click here.

“This is considered an urban nature park because it’s like an oasis within the city limits,” Palti explained. “There a lots of buildings, people, cars and noise and right here there’s a place where people can come and connect to nature and just forget about the troubles of the city for a bit. We need to preserve this place.

Among his jobs are planting and trimming trees, and making sure wild jackals don’t break through the fence and attack the gazelles. “Jackals are attracted to garbage and scraps of food that they can eat.” he explains.

He and his fellow young national service volunteers sit next to an old one story, one-room stone building, used as a storage facility, and play guitar during their break time as cars race past in the background.

Rabbi Shaul Judelman of JiVE! – Jerusalem Volunteers for the Environment, and the Teva Ivri (Hebrew Nature) organization was there as well, leading a group of volunteers in transforming a barren slope into a mini garden with diverse trees. The area was once owned by Kibbutz Ramat Rachel and used for apple groves. This month tractors began working to transform one third into children’s park areas, one third a nature center and one third to remain a wildlife preserve.

“We’re here to recreate the hillside that was damage due to construction,” he stated, as he set down a shovel. “We’re planting almond, Israeli pistachio, mastic trees, and pines. In a couple of years we’ll have a little forest.”

With the Holyland apartment complex looming in the background Rabbi Judelman described what the future neighborhood would look like.

“The vision for the future is we will recreate what would be the natural Jerusalem hills environment. The visitor’s center will be a welcoming place for kids,” he explained.

“This is a low income neighborhood and people don’t always have the money to take a long trip to a park. For 2,000 years we’ve prayed to return to Jerusalem, but in the past thirty years people have actually been leaving due to high rents, and small apartments. Studies have been done (which show) that proximity to parks and gardens indicates a higher quality of life. So the municipality of Jerusalem has been trying to increase funding for such projects,” he related.

Rabbi Judelman highlighted the desire for the park with an anecdote about riding the bus past Tzomet Pat Junction.

“I remember when there was a vote going on in the city as to whether this was going to be a commercial zone or a park and it was a hot Jerusalem July afternoon.

“I was on the 32 bus from the center of town at about 5:00 p.m. and everyone was hot and annoyed and we were anticipating going to war, and we got stopped at the red light in heavy traffic… And every single person’s head was turned to the right looking out the window and gazing at this green area. It encapsulated what this place means for the city.”

For the full interview plus Tu Bishvat music, download Arutz Sheva’s – Israel Beat by clicking here. For the Israel Beat archives click here.






 

Steven Harper: Flowers, Flags, Honor Guards and More

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Normally, only presidents of countries and a King or Queen would have their national flags hanging on major streets for an official state visit to Jerusalem, Israel.

This week, however, Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper has received that and much more for a royal welcome.

His speech in the Knesset got several standing ovations. The Prime Minister of Canada in front of the world said that Canada would go through fire and water to stand with Israel? WOW!

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Not only were flags and flowers put out for the Prime Minister of Canada and his wife,

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but also red carpets lined with honor guards . (Please note all pant legs for men are tucked into boots, while women wear cute little white socks. Israeli dress style does not have pants with neat, sharp creased cuffs.)

But there is more – Israel went the whole kit and caboodle for the visiting Canadians.

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A mound of  sushi at one of many food stations was just part of the repast for guests at the Israeli Prime Minister’s office for the official welcome. (Ok, I still have not recovered from shock of 10 shekel charge for water at Obama’s speech in Israel last year.)

image Israeli leaders, photo Israeli politicians, picture reception line for Harpers

For the Harpers’ visit, Israeli politicians stood quietly, waiting in a reception line,

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and dressed in very ‘unIsraeli’ style, with dark suits, pressed dress shirts and blue-striped ties.

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Well… almost all the men wore a suit and tie.

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For the Harpers, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat stood along with leaders of various religions, and waited in the very long reception line.

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First, they stood and listened to an Israeli army band play the anthems, O’Canada and Hatikvah.

image Harper and Netanyahu, photo Canadian Prime Minister in Israel, picture Prime ministers

No, the prime ministers were not holding hands as they walked the red carpet. But this visit certainly has given Israeli PM much to smile about.

image tuba, photo two tuba players, picture Israel army musicians

From red carpet welcome with big brass band

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to official limo service into and out of the welcoming ceremony,

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Prime Minister Steven  and Laureen Harper have received as royal and stylish a welcome as little Israel with big heart can put on.

Israel went the whole nine yards to say thank you.